Apple Considering 4.7" and 5.7" Screens for 2014 iPhone Models, iPhone 5S and Low-Cost iPhone Due in September

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Reuters reports that Apple is looking closely at larger screens for upcoming iPhone models, indicating that the company is specifically testing display sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.7 inches for iPhone models that could launch next year. The iPhone 5 carries a 4-inch display, up from the 3.5-inch displays found in prior models.
    The report also addresses Apple's plans for this year, claiming that the company is expected to deliver both an iPhone 5S with fingerprint sensor technology and a lower-cost iPhone in multiple colors in the September timeframe.
    Rendering of color options for lower-cost iPhone
    A separate report from Mac Otakara today claims that the cheaper iPhone will adopt colors from Apple's line of iPhone 4 bumpers, while the iPhone 5S will add a gold model in addition to the traditional black and white models.
    Finally, Reuters corroborates an April report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, claiming that trial production of the lower-cost iPhone had been planned to occur this month but that issues with color coatings have slowed that progress.

    Rumors of a fingerprint-sensing iPhone 5S and lower-cost plastic iPhone have been ramping up for some time, and there have also been sporadic rumors of larger-screen iPhone models as competitors have increasingly embraced displays in the range of 5 inches or more.

    Article Link: Apple Considering 4.7" and 5.7" Screens for 2014 iPhone Models, iPhone 5S and Low-Cost iPhone Due in September
  2. Taipan macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    4,7" is too big already, 5,7" is ridiculous for a phone.
  3. gregwyattjr macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2008
    Looks like Dubai will be getting their gold iPhones.
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G4


    Jun 12, 2012
    agreed....4.7 is believable, but 5.7 I do not see happening.
  5. BMcCoy macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    Of course they're testing different sizes - that's what Apple does in its r&d.

    They tested dozens of sizes for the original iPad, before settling on the final proportions.. we know that from the SJ biography.

    It doesn't mean they're ever likely to be released as final products... nor does it rule that out.
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Don't buy it then.
  7. wouwout macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2007
    Finally! Choice! I'd love a 5.7 screen, hardly use my smartphone for calling, it's my portable mini computer.
    BTW if they wait until late 2014, their market share will drop even more. Get these larger iphones out later this year.
  8. iMacx macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2011
  9. BMcCoy macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    Then why not buy a mini iPad?? :confused: It's even bigger... (and cheaper)
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  11. Vol7ron macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2009
    Derry, NH
    Aw man, look at all the bling on my Gold

    I guess I would have to see it first before passing judgement...But I do like the size of my iPhone 5 right now. It is just the right size...
  12. wouwout macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2007
    Because I still make a few calls a day. Apple needs to get more options out, phone use can be very different
  13. Mic'sBook macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2010
    Hong Kong
    This move may attract people who buy Android 'phablets' or Android phones with larger displays to the iPhone. There's clearly a market for smartphones with larger displays.

    Just like iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, they have 2 different display sizes for people to choose from. Why not iPhone? About time! (though I myself prefer one-handed operation with a 4-inch display)
  14. Jayse macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
  15. chocolaterabbit macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2008
    Next year is leaving it way too late for a bigger iPhone.
  16. Mr Fusion macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    I'm not as concerned about screen size as I am:

    - Battery Life

    - Durability

    But that's just me... :rolleyes:
  17. teesquared macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2010
    absolutely! i want to join the iPhone family but i'm not going back to a small screen. my Nexus 4 is perfect size imo
  18. Macmuft macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2013
    4.7 inches and 5.7 inches for iPhone in one word ?

    why not a 7.9 inches iPhone ?

  19. OMGwtfBBQwings macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2011
    with the whole "swipe navigation" on iOS 7, I think there may be new screen sizes in the near future. instead of trying to reach for the back button when in a message thread, you can just swipe back. this'll be handy on a 4.7" when you won't be able to reach it with one hand.
  20. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Dear Apple go to 4.5" and stop there. thats the best size for a smartphone.
  21. skippymac macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2010
    Hampshire, UK
    This 'article' is just a collection of rumors over the last few years.

    And then the gold thing...
  22. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    I would actually prefer it if they started doing 3.5 again. I much prefer the iphone 4 size to the 5
  23. Osullivan1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2011
    4.7 I could live with (just about)... 5.7, just no. If I wanted a phablet I'd switch to Android. Although, that said, I'd be pretty happy with a 4.3 or maybe 4.5" phone :)
  24. Smartass macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    but but Schiller said that the current iphone 5 screen size is perfect:confused:

  25. snipper macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2004
    Bigger screen for the iPhone? Could be. I would buy one and there are bigger screened smart phones.

    Although I'ld like to buy an iPhone for $100, this would mean a radical cut-back in costs, ending in a extremely simplified iPhone, or an older model from a few generations back.

    Remember that Apple want the top, most profitable part of the market, not necessarily the biggest part of the market. A very cheap iPhone does not fit in that model very well.

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